Roundel Notes

Derived from the Rondeau and the Rondine the Roundel is a nineteenth century form created by the English poet AG Swinbourne. It consists of eleven lines constructed from two quatrains and a triplet.
The rhyme scheme consists of two rhymes and the refrain is formed from the first phrase of the first line. By convention the second line rhymes with the refrain giving the following rhyme schema:abaB bab abaB

Example

Roundel by Sara Teasdale

If he could know my songs are all for him,
At silver dawn or in the evening glow,
Would he not smile and think it but a whim,
If he could know?
Or would his heart rejoice and overflow,
As happy brooks that break their icy rim
When April’s horns along the hillsides blow?
I may not speak till Eros’ torch is dim,
The god is bitter and will have it so;
And yet to-night our fate would seem less grim
If he could know

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